It’s been a busy couple of weeks with some great Yorkshire summer festivals and events. Firstly, I spent the weekend of 16th July at Wentworth Woodhouse, a gorgeous Grade 1 listed country house near Rotherham. I was there at the Gift & Grub Summer Festival. Fantastic weather and friendly people made it a really enjoyable weekend. As always our information stand was well received, and many people stopped to share their own experiences of fostering. One of the traders at the event, Emma Shepherd – pictured below at her trade stand – grew up as part of a family that fostered. Emma told me she would recommend fostering to anybody and she has some wonderful memories.
The following week Laura and I attended the Driffield show on 20th July. This is a great show; the showground is massive and around 25,000 visitors attended on the day. You can’t really tell from the pictures, but it was BOILING hot and by the end of the day we were completely wilted – we ended up packing ice cubes inside our clothes to try and cool down! I don’t know how the poor soul in the big bear costume coped with the heat… We had some great conversations with people about fostering; lots of people we spoke to had ruled themselves out as ever being foster carers because they believed they would be too old! We were happy to tell them that there is no upper age limit for fostering!!
I also had the pleasure of attending the fabulous Underneath the Stars Festival at Cannon Hall in Barnsley from 22nd to 24th July. For those that haven’t heard of it, it’s a family festival of music and arts; lots of wonderful live music, tons of activities, arts and crafts for young and old. The weather was great (rained a bit on Sunday, but that didn’t really dampen anybody’s spirits). With so many things to do, our colouring competition didn’t have many entries. The quality of those that did enter was great J. 7-month old Albert made an amazing effort, colouring in himself and the picture, and he won second place. First place went to the lovely Amelia, aged 4. As always I spoke to so many different people about fostering, answered lots of questions and received a lot of support for fostering from everyone there.
Keep up with my whereabouts across Yorkshire through our events page and come visit me if you are ever in the area!
Sarah Ellis (Leeds and Yorkshire Carer Recruitment Officer)